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It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast - are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier's dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast - are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier's dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past coming crashing forward? Collecting: All-New X-Men 1-5


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It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast - are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier's dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast - are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier's dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past coming crashing forward? Collecting: All-New X-Men 1-5

30 review for All-New X-Men, Volume 1: Yesterday's X-Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will M.

    I've been wanting to read X-Men since forever, and I can't seem to remember who recommended this to me. It was either Jeff or some other non-goodreads friend of mine. I'm really glad he recommended it, because this was a good read. Basically Beast wanted to change things for the better and pulled the original X-Men from the past to try and influence the current Scott. Would it work out like he wanted to? Read and find out. What I didn't like or really wanted to happen was to read more of Magneto I've been wanting to read X-Men since forever, and I can't seem to remember who recommended this to me. It was either Jeff or some other non-goodreads friend of mine. I'm really glad he recommended it, because this was a good read. Basically Beast wanted to change things for the better and pulled the original X-Men from the past to try and influence the current Scott. Would it work out like he wanted to? Read and find out. What I didn't like or really wanted to happen was to read more of Magneto and Wolverine. I know Wolverine is not even on the cover, but he's basically X-Men for me. This being my first legit X-Men graphic novel/comic in years, I was really hoping to read more of him. I remember reading a lot of single issues of the original X-Men run when I was a child, but I can't remember anything from them at all aside from Wolverine and Cyclops were both my favorites. Aside from that though, I had no problems with this graphic novel. The artwork was really likable and the plot was good too. 4/5 stars. Really good considering this is my first X-Men read in years. Btw if you hate cliffhangers then you'll probably hate this shit for quite a while. I need to read volume 2 asap. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I didn't hate this at all! That sounds silly, but when I realized that this one was about bringing the 'original' X-Men from the past into the future, I was pretty sure I would not love this title. And the cover looks lame. In fact, I thought I had accidentally picked up one of the books that are marketed toward kids. Yes, I've done that before... So Scott has gone off the chain, and the remaining the X-Men can't agree on how to handle him. If they openly fight him, they might start a Mutant 3.5 stars I didn't hate this at all! That sounds silly, but when I realized that this one was about bringing the 'original' X-Men from the past into the future, I was pretty sure I would not love this title. And the cover looks lame. In fact, I thought I had accidentally picked up one of the books that are marketed toward kids. Yes, I've done that before... So Scott has gone off the chain, and the remaining the X-Men can't agree on how to handle him. If they openly fight him, they might start a Mutant Civil War, and if they do nothing, then everything Charles worked for goes down the drain. So. Beast is undergoing yet another mutant transformation thing, and he knows that this one is going to kill him. He's kept it to himself, but the thought of leaving this mess when dies is weighing heavily one him. Then Bobby says something along the lines of, If the old Scott could only see himself now... Hmmm. It triggers a crazy idea to start rattling around in Beast's head. He decides maybe a Hail Mary play is their only chance. So he goes back in time and pulls the young Scott, Jean, Bobby, Angel, and himself out of their timeline, and into his, in the high hopes that somehow it will make a difference. I thought it would be goofy, but it turned out to be pretty interesting. I'm looking forward to what's coming next in this title!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Beast takes Original 5 X-Men from the pages of X-Men #8 (1976) on a time travel trip, and risking to end their lives (and space-time continuum...) just because he wants to punish older Scott Summers turned terrorist showing him previous better version of himself... This could have been a great tribute to X-Men's history, but storyline, besides a few good scenes, was almost unexisting. to Immonen's artworks. Beast takes Original 5 X-Men from the pages of X-Men #8 (1976) on a time travel trip, and risking to end their lives (and space-time continuum...) just because he wants to punish older Scott Summers turned terrorist showing him previous better version of himself... This could have been a great tribute to X-Men's history, but storyline, besides a few good scenes, was almost unexisting. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ to Immonen's artworks.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Sometimes it seems like the X-Men do more time traveling than Doctor Who. Following the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover, Cyclops has gone a little kooky. He’s now working with Magneto and Emma Frost to openly recruit new mutants while attacking humanity. The current X-Men fear that directly confronting him could kick off a mutant civil war so Hank McCoy decides that the best way to stop Cyclops is to let the young Scott Summers get a look at what he becomes. Hank takes a jaunt into the past where he Sometimes it seems like the X-Men do more time traveling than Doctor Who. Following the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover, Cyclops has gone a little kooky. He’s now working with Magneto and Emma Frost to openly recruit new mutants while attacking humanity. The current X-Men fear that directly confronting him could kick off a mutant civil war so Hank McCoy decides that the best way to stop Cyclops is to let the young Scott Summers get a look at what he becomes. Hank takes a jaunt into the past where he recruits the original team of X-Men, including his own younger non-furry self, to come back to the future. I had a lot of doubts about this concept, not the least of which was making even more of a hash of what remains of the X-Men’s timeline as well as giving us yet another live version of Jean Grey to kill off someday. However, I gotta admit that Bendis did a very good job with this. The dialogue doesn’t rely as much on humor as he usually does. Instead, he sets up a lot of intriguing things with the young X-Men being pretty much horrified at the way things have turned out for all of them. I wasn’t sure how this works as a time travel story either. If the original X-Men are in the present seeing their future, wouldn’t that mean that it’s going to change? They get around this for now with the explanation that when they return to the past that Professor X will certainly read their minds, know what happened, and then wipe the memories from them. (But no one seems concerned about Xavier knowing the future after that?) Plus, if one of the team gets killed in the present wouldn’t that wipe the current version out of existence? This is a point that should come up more considering that Wolverine very vocally considers the idea that killing young Scott would save them all a lot of grief later. But I was able to set that aside for the more intriguing questions that Bendis and company are playing with here, the ideas of what someone would think of themselves and their fate if they could see into the future as well as considering what warnings a person might offer to a younger version of themselves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    Everyone has different ideas of how they would live if they knew their death was coming soon. Hank McCoy is no different except he thinks bigger. After a conversation with Iceman, Beast decides to bring the original X-Men go the future to stop Cyclops from traveling his radical path. I expected to hate Yesterday's X-Men because the overuse of time travel makes me crazy, but this first volume was really well done. Beast came up with a solid plan of using the original X-Men's presence to stop Everyone has different ideas of how they would live if they knew their death was coming soon. Hank McCoy is no different except he thinks bigger. After a conversation with Iceman, Beast decides to bring the original X-Men go the future to stop Cyclops from traveling his radical path. I expected to hate Yesterday's X-Men because the overuse of time travel makes me crazy, but this first volume was really well done. Beast came up with a solid plan of using the original X-Men's presence to stop Cyclops from causing more harm than good. I also liked this volume because it didn't revolve around the original X-Men. A lot of attention was being paid to Cyclops revolution along with Beast's condition. Yesterday's X-Men was a good start to the All-New X-Men, but I'm still wary about how this massive time traveling story will play out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    The X-Men comics were my favorites when I was younger, and I wanted to jump back into reading them with a more contemporary story. The X-Men have been around for a while, embedded in our zeitgeist with many different iterations, and sometimes it feels like they've told every story they could. Not only that but one big critique that many people have is that the universe has gotten too big, with too many characters, and it can get a bit overwhelming. That's why I think that this story arc in the The X-Men comics were my favorites when I was younger, and I wanted to jump back into reading them with a more contemporary story. The X-Men have been around for a while, embedded in our zeitgeist with many different iterations, and sometimes it feels like they've told every story they could. Not only that but one big critique that many people have is that the universe has gotten too big, with too many characters, and it can get a bit overwhelming. That's why I think that this story arc in the debut volume of All-New X-Men is so cool. Bendis not only was able to find a fresh, clever idea, but with this idea, he was able to bring the focus back to the basics: a core, familiar group of mutants, the original five! Because the X-Men can't figure out how to handle Cyclops, who recently broke bad and is now modeling himself as a mutant revolutionary with Magneto and the White Queen at his side, Beast has the dumbass genius idea to go back in time, gather up the original five teenage students of Xavier (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel, and Beast himself), and bring them back to the future to see if they can talk some sense into mean Cyclops and show him how far he's fallen. What could possibly go wrong? So this first volume isn't exactly jam-packed with mutant action but focuses more on fleshing out the cool concept and it's ramifications. How would the act of bringing the past versions of the X-men to this time affect the time/space continuum? How would the younger versions feel with seeing what their future lives entail? How would today's Cyclops react after seeing a younger version of himself and Jean Grey, the wife he's lost? And speaking of the young Jean Grey, she's the real star of this show who provides the book's heart. She begins to develop her telepathic powers and it's not the easiest thing, especially under the circumstances. I'm excited to see what happens next, and I think it would be awesome if Bendis used this time travel incident and tied it into established X-canon. For example, it would be so interesting if, by going into the future and developing her abilities there, that's the way that the Phoenix Force was initially able to tap into Jean Grey, jump-starting the popular Phoenix Saga? So many possibilities...

  7. 4 out of 5

    kristen b ♡

    i had no idea what to expect from this other than one panel of warren that’s in issue 6 i think, but i wasn’t disappointed at all! i thought this story is very intriguing and this is a good set up for a volume one. it’s not overly action packed and it’s not overloaded with new information, which i think is good for a volume one. but i found its lacking in backstory of what happened with magneto, emma, cyclops and magik. also there are times when the time jumps are confusing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ ✦

    This is everything I ever wanted in an X-Men story that I never thought I needed and everything I ever needed that I never thought I wanted. Brian Michael Bendis' first volume collection of All-New X-Men for the current Marvel Now! initiative is, simply put, A-MAH-ZING. Illustrated by Stuart Immonen, the first five issues comprised in this collection were endlessly entertaining and gripping. The idea of bringing back the original first class of the X-Men from Stan Lee's run in the sixties This is everything I ever wanted in an X-Men story that I never thought I needed and everything I ever needed that I never thought I wanted. Brian Michael Bendis' first volume collection of All-New X-Men for the current Marvel Now! initiative is, simply put, A-MAH-ZING. Illustrated by Stuart Immonen, the first five issues comprised in this collection were endlessly entertaining and gripping. The idea of bringing back the original first class of the X-Men from Stan Lee's run in the sixties (composed of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman) by having them time-travel to the future (or the present Marvel timeline) where things are less than idyllic (some may say a colossal clusterfuck), is a bold storytelling strategy. It could have easily been a failure. But writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen were not intimidated by this daunting task at all. The first debut issue opens with Hank McCoy's journal entry where he admits that he is once again going through the next stage of his beast mutation which is all kinds of hellish pain and he stresses that he may not survive this one at all. In the aftermath of the Phoenix Force dispersing in the cosmos which signaled the rebirth of the mutant gene, several unsuspecting youngsters discover their powers (which, as we all know, get mostly triggered by stressful situations) and were being hunted down by government factions to contain them. Recent fugitive and no longer anyone's favorite person, Cyclops, started recruiting said mutants to join his "revolution". By his side were his on-again, off-again paramour and partner Emma Frost, Magneto and Magik. The X-Men were bothered by the escalation of Scott's brutal ways especially Beast who may or may not die during the new stage of his physical mutation. Desperate, he traveled back in time to forewarn and beg the original core five members of the X-Men to come with him to stop Scott from unwittingly committing what he deems is a "mutant apocalypse". I consider myself a fairly loyal Cyclops fan. It's a love-hate relationship at the beginning considering his archetypal role in the X-Men as a whole and his often closed-off personality. While he may inherently be a decent and noble person with heroic motivations--the "golden boy" to be exact--he is often alienating because he tends to be guarded even around people he is supposed to trust. It's only when he's with Jean (and later on, Emma) that we see the more sensitive and human side of Scott Summers, and, naturally, those are the stories where I enjoy reading him most. In contrast, Wolverine (Logan or James Howlett) may be of a pseudo-anarchist "black sheep" but his outsider status even among other outsiders heralded him as a quick fan-favorite because everyone roots for and sympathizes with the moody guy who may talk back against authority and challenge the one in charge (Scott, mostly) but is also ultimately the one you can depend on because once you earn his loyalty, he will go to hell to cover your ass. It's only an intriguing progression then to see him become the headmaster for the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning alongside Ororo and Kitty Pryde. Unlike Scott who readily accepts the leadership role from the get-go, Logan has had a complicated avoidance issue about it but has always had the potential and providence to lead and teach. But this is about Scott and we see that all the grooming from Charles Xavier; all those years of expectations and preparation, as well as the betrayals and trials of trust he experienced with said father figure, has all led to this.He has now become the ultimate outsider trying to forge a path that goes against everything he used to believe and stand for. He even has freaking Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) on his side! He never would have worked with the guy, let alone form an alliance with him. But these are desperate times and although his methods have drastically changed, Scott still wanted to serve and protect his own mutant species even if it meant murdering humans along the way. So, I guess it makes sense that Magneto signed up and allowed Scott to take the reigns. The most baffling thing about this, though, is Scott doesn't really hate humans unlike Magneto. Scott has become completely apathetic of humans unlike when he was young aTnd hopeful and wanted to live in peaceful co-existence with humanity. Now he commits atrocities with human casualties as if he was merely stepping on an insect that happens to be on the pavement where is he walking. So listen up! This is my most favorite Marvel Now! X-Men title to date, and I don't think that's ever going to change especially after finishing this installment. As I've said before, the Original Core Five (OCF) from Stan Lee's sixties era became endeared to me thanks to Jeff Parker's X-Men: First Class which I just ate up with as many servings as possible. Now it looks like the same thing is going to happen again with All-New X-Men. The most compelling thing about the premise of this story is the timey-wimey aspect of it. The idea of bringing back the old and traditional fivesome to the present world so they can see how the dream they wanted to achieve as mutant pacifists was left utterly in pieces, all thanks to no other than a radically-changed Scott Summers, would have been silly on paper at first; but Bendis and Immonen created something worth the reading experience. This series, I think, is a great callback to the classics while still maintaining the integrity of the evolution of the new blood. Simply put, IT IS UNDENIABLY... One of my favorite moments came in the fifth issue with Jean Grey. After seeing and feeling for herself the chain of events that will happen after and during her death, rebirth, Dark Phoenix struggle, death again and resurrection again then final death (yup, she felt ALL of these deaths in one single telepathic look into Beast's memories and it was devastating), Jean made a decisive motion to stick around and fix what was broken. They took it to a vote with Scott immediately backing up Jean, claiming that if they decide, they should do it unanimously. Only Warren was opposed to it. Afterwards, young Scott tried to talk to Jean but was cruelly brushed off in the last scene of this issue that really broke my heart. I don't know what's going on in Jeanie's mind but I theorized that after seeing the man her first love became, it was a rude awakening for her. Jean used to be crushing so hard on Scott back when they were young, and she never doubted him, almost blindly believes in the goodness he has shown time and time again when they are together. Upon her death, the man she loved and admired became the things he himself fought hard against and this failure that is about to come is unforgivable for her. This may seem harsh and narrow-minded because the Scott who is with her now is still the idealistic dreamer who does want to stop his future self from becoming "evil" but Jean's decision to distance herself from him was understandable. She can't be around the boy she loves and still stay objective with her number-one priority which is to take back the dreams of Xavier the man she loved in the future has so utterly ruined. In a nutshell, Brian Michael Bendis' All-New X-Men has started out strong for this volume and is one of the most phenomenal X-Men titles released from the Marvel Now! roster and you should be reading this masterpiece-in-the-making by now. RECOMMENDED: 9/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    The X-Men has become more interesting in the aftermath of Avengers Versus X-Men (AVX), but the new X-Men main writer isn't content with the already fertile soil for stories. He throws a substantial wrench into the works by bringing back the original teenage X-Men straight from the pages of the Silver Age X-Men stories by Stan Lee and Kirby. There will a price to pay for this gross abuse of space-time but this new direction has already been in the works since he relaunched Avengers after Siege. The X-Men has become more interesting in the aftermath of Avengers Versus X-Men (AVX), but the new X-Men main writer isn't content with the already fertile soil for stories. He throws a substantial wrench into the works by bringing back the original teenage X-Men straight from the pages of the Silver Age X-Men stories by Stan Lee and Kirby. There will a price to pay for this gross abuse of space-time but this new direction has already been in the works since he relaunched Avengers after Siege. Still, it is good to see Jean Grey back in an ongoing series again. Bendis has done excellent work with a teenage cast before, a prime example would be his Ultimate Spider-Man work, so I can see why he would bring in the original X-Men. Initially. the five were brought back by a dying Beast to be the ghosts of Christmas past to Cyclops, to remind him of his heinous crime of murdering Charles Xavier. Now, the original five are here to stay to prevent a mutant civil war and to restore Xavier's dream. The art is as excellent as any of the franchise's storied past. Stuart Immonen is producing the best art of his career and colorist Marte Gracia is making a name for himself with his vibrant coloring. I read this collection digitally in Comixology and I'm glad Marvel included the bonus material from the hardcover. This feature was missing from prior digital/print combo releases and I'm glad Marvel learned from that mistake. I would have wanted to see all the variant covers included with the AVX digital collection, but I'm happy that this digital version has all the covers from the first five issues. This is a great jump-on point for anyone intrigued by the storied history of the X-Men. Bringing the original X-Men to the present means that new history is being written and now would be the best time to be part of it. Whether digital or print, this is the book to help you start on your X-Men journey. Originally reviewed on The Raving Asgardian, my personal blog on comics and its myriad forms.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    What do you do when a leading X-Man is out of control? You go back into the past and grab his ideal youthful self and bring him and all of his young friends to the present. What ensues is different and thought-provoking. MY GRADE: B plus.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    Honestly, I can find no fault here. The writing is superb, the artwork is gorgeous, and the characters are fleshing off the pages. I've finally found some X-Men I can burn through like I was eight years old.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I just don't care for the premise of this book. The idea of bringing the teenage original X-Men forward in time just doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. This may have something to do with the fact that I'm not terribly interested in any of the original X-Men, not in their teenage states. Cyclops just got interesting five minutes ago, after all. So this just isn't the book for me, and I'm not surprised that I didn't really enjoy it. But I do find myself fascinated by the tension between Cyclops I just don't care for the premise of this book. The idea of bringing the teenage original X-Men forward in time just doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. This may have something to do with the fact that I'm not terribly interested in any of the original X-Men, not in their teenage states. Cyclops just got interesting five minutes ago, after all. So this just isn't the book for me, and I'm not surprised that I didn't really enjoy it. But I do find myself fascinated by the tension between Cyclops and the X-Men he left behind. This could go in really interesting ways, outside the pages of this book. What made Magneto such a compelling character to me was that I always felt like he had a point, and that he and Xavier were not nearly as far apart in ideology as it seemed at first. Putting Cyclops in the Magneto role brings the two sides even closer together. There's a scene, fairly early in the book, where Cyclops breaks a mutant out of prison. Why was he in prison? Because he healed an injured friend. I had the distinct feeling that the only reason that the Wolverine/X-Men faction disapproved is because Cyclops got there first. That, for me, isn't a problem in the book. I think it's fantastic. I like that the answers aren't easy, and that I can sympathize with both sides, to an extent. Likewise, I don't mind that there's a huge variation in how characters viewed Cyclops under the influence of the Phoenix Force. Was he in control or possessed? How much blame should he take for his actions? It seems like almost every character has a slightly different opinion, and I imagine that holds true for the readers, as well. And I think it's more interesting than simply saying that Scott was/was not entirely responsible for what he did while Phoenix, full stop. But the teenage time travelers... Not for me. Sorry. I look forward to seeing some of the tensions that I saw in this book worked with in other places, but not here, not for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    I read this to see the origin of the time-travelling X-Tykes. This was actually a pretty fun volume!

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    I read this out of order, having read Vol. 2 first, but catching up wasn't too hard. The side plots do introduce the three new mutants I didn't care about in Volume 2. This is where Marvel's new split between the All-New X-Men (X-Men, original label) and the Uncanny X-Men (modern team) begins. It's a ridiculous high-concept premise, in which the Beast goes back in time and brings back the teenage versions of himself and his buddies to confront today's Scott Summers/Cyclops and hopefully shame I read this out of order, having read Vol. 2 first, but catching up wasn't too hard. The side plots do introduce the three new mutants I didn't care about in Volume 2. This is where Marvel's new split between the All-New X-Men (X-Men, original label) and the Uncanny X-Men (modern team) begins. It's a ridiculous high-concept premise, in which the Beast goes back in time and brings back the teenage versions of himself and his buddies to confront today's Scott Summers/Cyclops and hopefully shame him into being not so crazy. Those comic book super-geniuses. They can build time travel machines, armies of self-aware robots, floating antigravity cities, and genetically engineered superpowered clones, but they sure come up with stupid ideas. That said, from a publishing perspective, it's a great move on Marvel's part. The "All-New" X-Men (1960s-era Cyclops, Beast, Marvel Girl, Iceman, and Angel) become the fresh, fun superhero team that requires less investment in the line's history, while the Uncanny X-Men can go on being their grimdark selves with all that historical baggage. So this volume comprised the first five issues. Beast goes back and grabs his friends, Jean Grey gets prematurely awakened to her telepathic powers (hello, Beast, that's what happens when you mess with time and space) and of course completely freaks out when she finds out that in the future she dies and Scott turns into a psycho, and that men, including X-Men, have really dirty thoughts around pretty teenage girls. Meanwhile, the modern-day Cyclops, with Magneto and Magick, go bust Emma Frost/the White Queen free from imprisonment from the federal government. I mean, why do the Feds even bother trying to transport dangerous mutant supercriminals in heavily-armed transports? You might as well just start cutting the checks on life insurance policies. Very good, action-packed volume with a lot of the drama you'd expected from naive teenagers forced to face their grown-up selves. Artwork was pretty good, though young Hank McCoy does not look even remotely twelve years old. Time travel issues are brushed aside, as they always are in comic books, but I notice they still never even bother to address the ethics of using telepathic powers to just erase memories or change people's minds when it's convenient. It's kind of funny how J.K. Rowling's fans have torn her apart for that bit in the Epiloge of Deathly Hallows where Ron uses a Confunding Charm on a Muggle during his driver's license test. It's horrible! It's unethical! It's a gross violation of one's person! And yet the X-Men, including the sainted Charles Xavier, have been doing that shit forever without even blinking. Anyway, I really liked this alternate cover in the back of the volume, which for once actually made Jean Grey look like the scared, confused teenager she is.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WrensReads Review: This was really awesome. Cyclops has kind of gone off the edge. He is hanging out with Magneto if that tells you anything. His old friends back at the Jean Grey Institute (because Xavier seems to be resting in peace for reasons you would just have to read about) can't seem to get him back on the right side of the fight. So Beast has this great idea where he went back in time (because he had a time machine laying around) and visit his former self and comrades and convince them to WrensReads Review: This was really awesome. Cyclops has kind of gone off the edge. He is hanging out with Magneto if that tells you anything. His old friends back at the Jean Grey Institute (because Xavier seems to be resting in peace for reasons you would just have to read about) can't seem to get him back on the right side of the fight. So Beast has this great idea where he went back in time (because he had a time machine laying around) and visit his former self and comrades and convince them to come help show Cyclops what he has become by seeing what he used to be. You would think that there would be some big problem with your former self and current self seeing each other and changing the time frame and changing the past and what not, but they don't really seem worried about it. Jean Grey kind of goes crazy because she's, you know, dead in the future. She kind of takes charge, which is different from the first comics of the X-Men series. She was very focused on other things and just liked being a part of the group in the originals. I kind of loved it. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This definitely exceeded my expectations. I was first afraid that it would be gimmicky - that either the writer or the artists would try to ape the old style of the original X-Men comics, and end up "having fun" as creators at the expense of any fun for us readers. Not so - this was drawn and written as if the characters got dropped straight into modern comics, and it felt very up-to-date. I was next afraid that they'd start talking just like in the originals, and screech every panel to a halt. This definitely exceeded my expectations. I was first afraid that it would be gimmicky - that either the writer or the artists would try to ape the old style of the original X-Men comics, and end up "having fun" as creators at the expense of any fun for us readers. Not so - this was drawn and written as if the characters got dropped straight into modern comics, and it felt very up-to-date. I was next afraid that they'd start talking just like in the originals, and screech every panel to a halt. Nope - these kids sounded exactly like retro people who didn't happen to have a clue what was going on. We didn't even have to wade through a bunch of "far outs" and "flower power man", which is a surprise and a gift for such a high-concept book. Instead, we got a look at some grounded characters who just dealt with the situation Hank dropped on them. No unexplained blind rage fights, totally reasonable reactions on all sides, and no tidy tie-up for this story by the end of this arc. I sincerely can't wait to see where Bendis takes these gangs next, and I hope this situation stays open for a few years. For a team that Bendis has never touched, this was an easy transition and a fine balance of characters and their needs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monsour

    X-men First Class goes time travel road trip Current Hank Mccoy kindda/sorta convince the original team to come with him to the future. But, what they find is what state of their dream and their future selves. One of them grows alot of hair The other guy becomes the lamest mutant terrorist with alot girl problem Their's another one who get posses by a giant bird and died multiple times then die again. She also meet her alternate future daughter... Also one of them becomes a cyborg birdman. When the X-men First Class goes time travel road trip Current Hank Mccoy kindda/sorta convince the original team to come with him to the future. But, what they find is what state of their dream and their future selves. One of them grows alot of hair The other guy becomes the lamest mutant terrorist with alot girl problem Their's another one who get posses by a giant bird and died multiple times then die again. She also meet her alternate future daughter... Also one of them becomes a cyborg birdman. When the original team comes face to face with their counterparts. How will they react?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    I feel like Beast's response to past Jean's question about how she dies sums up pretty much all major comic book series. "Which time?" This also feels almost like a fourth wall break in a way. The past x-men react to the cumulative history of Marvel's X-men universe kind of feels like how I reacted when I first started reading American comics.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt Tandy

    Bendis is able to bring an old school X-Men feel to the modern-era, giving a valid explanation to the original, teenage version of team being in the present. Cyclops' transition into an even more extreme version of Magneto is complete, as he stops at nothing in recruiting new mutants for his intended war against humankind. The original team is true to form, avoiding the wordiness that afflicted all '60's comics, Marvel and DC alike, though they still look and act a lot older than the teenagers Bendis is able to bring an old school X-Men feel to the modern-era, giving a valid explanation to the original, teenage version of team being in the present. Cyclops' transition into an even more extreme version of Magneto is complete, as he stops at nothing in recruiting new mutants for his intended war against humankind. The original team is true to form, avoiding the wordiness that afflicted all '60's comics, Marvel and DC alike, though they still look and act a lot older than the teenagers they claim to be. All New X-Men is a fun return to the team concept of the X-Men, similar to the original Ultimate X-Men concept, while moving the entire X saga forward.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dale Rutter

    I was excited to finally get round to reading x-men and I think I chose a good starting point! It was interesting to see the original five x-men together and going back to their younger selfs to try and change cyclops from going off the rails a little! It was also good to see Beast in all his younger states and trying to solve why this latest mutation is affecting him. A good story that kept me reading and I am eager to start the next one now to see what unwinds.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    A decent, if slow, start to one of Marvel's flagship titles. Beast goes back in time to bring back old Scott to meet current day criminal/fugitive Scott in an effort to remind him of who he is - a bizarre plan in and of itself! Full review here!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Seth Parsley

    I'm so late on this and I'm kicking myself for not jumping in when it was new like I wanted, but I digress. I loved this volume. The story has really sucked me in and not only has me Xcited for the next volume, but also makes me want to go back and read the Avengers Vs. X-Men event. I've only read X-Men comics fairly sparingly over the years, so a lot of events that were brought up in this volume I am not privy to. Bendis does a good job of bringing you up to speed enough so you're not completely I'm so late on this and I'm kicking myself for not jumping in when it was new like I wanted, but I digress. I loved this volume. The story has really sucked me in and not only has me Xcited for the next volume, but also makes me want to go back and read the Avengers Vs. X-Men event. I've only read X-Men comics fairly sparingly over the years, so a lot of events that were brought up in this volume I am not privy to. Bendis does a good job of bringing you up to speed enough so you're not completely lost. Immonen provides some fantastic art brought to life beautifully by Gracia's colors. I'm not going to go spoiler heavy here, but just wanted to touch on a scene that really gave me the goosies. I love the idea of Cyclops facing his younger self and vice-versa. Cyclops has fallen so far, that Hank McCoy believes that the only person that has a chance to bring a sliver of his old self back, is his younger self and the rest of the original 5 X-Men, which includes Jean Grey of course. A fallen hero coming face to face with his younger self. A young hero who wants nothing more than to do good things, comes face to face with how broken he will become. That premise alone is about 8/10 goosies for me. The scene where young Cyclops reveals himself to older Cyclops was beautifully done. "What the hell do you think you're doing?" Says the younger man. Being caught completely off guard, older Cyclops gets lost in thought at being confronted by the man he once was accompanied by the younger versions of his closest friends, and his deceased wife. It's going to be interesting to see the conflicts that arise in subsequent issues.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    4.5 Is the X-Men only dealing with time travel? I honestly seem to only read the books with time travelling. Brian Michael Bendis tends to be hit and miss for me, but that's only with the franchise books like Marvel and DC, not the self created stories. I'm actually shocked I enjoyed this book. I was not going to read it as I've been constantly letdown by various Marvel books recently, but I thought one more try. Bendis and the team have created an interesting storyline here. It has room to 4.5 Is the X-Men only dealing with time travel? I honestly seem to only read the books with time travelling. Brian Michael Bendis tends to be hit and miss for me, but that's only with the franchise books like Marvel and DC, not the self created stories. I'm actually shocked I enjoyed this book. I was not going to read it as I've been constantly letdown by various Marvel books recently, but I thought one more try. Bendis and the team have created an interesting storyline here. It has room to breath and doesn't play all its cards in the first volume. Why the 4.5? I rated this high as I was impressed with the artwork and storyline in motion. I was a little confused, but comic storylines tend to gel together when you're plucking from various authors and timelines. I quite liked the time travelling component, even though X-Men are forever bouncing around. How doesn't chaos theory interact with this universe? I like how time travel stories tend to be wrapped in an invisible gift wrap in this universe. This was a fun storyline overall and it has room to move going forward. I have managed to box myself into a corner with the next 6 volumes, so time will tell.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Izza

    3.5 stars | this takes me back to my ~young days, when I watched the first two xmen movies over and over again because I had this massive crush on Jean Grey.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bakhshi

    I liked the idea of bringing the first ones from past to the future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    I really really loved this, more than most of the X-Men comics I've ever read. I love it because certain characters in the present take actions that we NEVER thought we'd see them do, and that's part of the beauty. Sometimes if a character acts against type, people hate it, but in this case, I love it. The art is great too, it feels like a grown-up book, and not some lame shit or attempt to have 'edgy' art or anything. Stuart Immonen has drawn New Avengers alongside Bendis' writing before, so I I really really loved this, more than most of the X-Men comics I've ever read. I love it because certain characters in the present take actions that we NEVER thought we'd see them do, and that's part of the beauty. Sometimes if a character acts against type, people hate it, but in this case, I love it. The art is great too, it feels like a grown-up book, and not some lame shit or attempt to have 'edgy' art or anything. Stuart Immonen has drawn New Avengers alongside Bendis' writing before, so I already know I like their teamwork, this is no exception. There's plenty of shock value here, but the good kind, not cheap stuff. The fact that Beast makes a very controversial decision against type is part of the beauty of showing just how far things have fallen for the X-Men. I'm also happy to see Hank getting more focus than he usually does, with Scott and Logan usually getting a lot more. Obviously Scott is a major player in this storyline too, doubly important some might say. I love what possibilities this has opened up, and how the rule book has been somewhat ripped apart for this. The directions this could go are immensely exciting for me...Looking forward to Volume 2! ***SPOILER ALERT*** After the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, Cyclops has become Public Enemy numero uno, and his team consists of himself, Magneto, Emma Frost (rather reluctantly) and Magik. The other X-Men are still recovering from the battles, and have a school to run, so aren't exactly in a mood to start another Mutant Civil War. With this knowledge, and the fact that his mutation is changing yet again, Beast takes a comment Iceman makes to heart, and ends up going back in time to meet the Original X-Men (including himself) so that the teenage Cyclops can see what the modern Cyclops has become, and maybe stop him or shock Scott into stopping. Let us just say, the quick throwdown between Past Scott and Present Scott is awesome. Also, the rest of the impact it has on Past Bobby, Warren, Hank, and Jean is also immense, just being in the future and seeing what has come of their dreams and work...

  27. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    God damn, this is stupid. And unnecessary. So BMB gets an insane notion these days and viola, it becomes reality. BMB is a real life Beyonder now when it comes to Marvel. Anything he wants, he gets. Even if it means it's the stupidest idea anyone has ever heard. So... What's the point? There is none. By bringing the old 60's gang into the modern continuity, you would think that the modern continuity would change because of the things they've seen. Evidently this won't be the case or can't be the God damn, this is stupid. And unnecessary. So BMB gets an insane notion these days and viola, it becomes reality. BMB is a real life Beyonder now when it comes to Marvel. Anything he wants, he gets. Even if it means it's the stupidest idea anyone has ever heard. So... What's the point? There is none. By bringing the old 60's gang into the modern continuity, you would think that the modern continuity would change because of the things they've seen. Evidently this won't be the case or can't be the case or whatever, so what the hell is this all about? A gimmick to sell books and let an increasingly insane Bendis do as he pleases with my dearly beloved X books. And yes, I do hate time travel crap. It is the magic erase tool, the easy way out and a lazy tool for lazy writers to bend and break whatever rule they want. So just what is the long game here? Or the short game? Whatever it is, I'm guessing it has to do with Jean and that this entire thing is going to wind up being solely about Jean because Bendis is in love with 80s Marvel (as we all are, or should be, but-) but to try and replicate the era, it comes out feeling stillborn and inauthentic. All we get out of this is some very solid artwork by the extremely talented Immonen. Great paneling and line work, but the colors can use a tweak or two. The colors lend zero contrast, and don't help bring out any of the strong lines Immonen works so hard to build. Writing: F Art: B

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    So Cyclops has (finally!) stopped being a pussy and has aligned with Magneto and Emma and is saving the new Mutants that are appearing after the catastrophe that almost wiped them out. Meanwhile, on the School, Hank decides to go to the past and bring to the actual day the original five X Men (Cyclops, Jean, Hank, Angel and Bobby) to see if the "old" Cyclops can tell the current one to slow down. I thought they were gonna be separated or sth so as not to clash the space continuum, but it doesn't So Cyclops has (finally!) stopped being a pussy and has aligned with Magneto and Emma and is saving the new Mutants that are appearing after the catastrophe that almost wiped them out. Meanwhile, on the School, Hank decides to go to the past and bring to the actual day the original five X Men (Cyclops, Jean, Hank, Angel and Bobby) to see if the "old" Cyclops can tell the current one to slow down. I thought they were gonna be separated or sth so as not to clash the space continuum, but it doesn't seem to matter much if they come face to face with each other. So let's see where the story goes from here.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Nice to see the original squad back in action . . . except there wasn't a lot of action, it was more talk talk talk and think think think. (This felt like the heaviest speech- and thought- bubble comic I've read in some time.) So it was kind of a slow start, but I will check out further editions.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I haven't read X-Men since, oh, 1983 or so. I think I stopped when Dave Cockrum returned to the book after John Byrne's run. Anyway, I wasn't all that familiar with what had happened in the X-Men universe since then. It seemed rather complicated to get back into the series, and I have a general disinterest in Marvel titles, also. Comixology had this trade on sale for about the size of one monthly book, so I picked it up and said, WTH? I was rather pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The I haven't read X-Men since, oh, 1983 or so. I think I stopped when Dave Cockrum returned to the book after John Byrne's run. Anyway, I wasn't all that familiar with what had happened in the X-Men universe since then. It seemed rather complicated to get back into the series, and I have a general disinterest in Marvel titles, also. Comixology had this trade on sale for about the size of one monthly book, so I picked it up and said, WTH? I was rather pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The Beast picks up the original X-Men kids and brings them into the current day to help straighten out Scott Summers (Cyclops), who has joined forces with Magneto in aligning the mutants against humanity. I guess it's a tried and true trope in X-Men now, having various X-Men pop up when younger mutants use their power for the first time. I remember that happened with Kitty Pryde back in the early 80s, and it was certainly a theme in the movies. And, for crying out loud, humans still don't like mutants, after all these years? Just seems a bit much. Overall, though, Bendis tells a great story here, and the dialog and characterizations were spot on and interesting. In one of the letter columns included in the digital trade, the editor tries to smack on Bendis by saying something about how the letterer had to letter all those words. I was amused because, although Bendis obviously writes more per comic than most writers these days, it's nothing compared to the height of the Silver and Bronze Ages, where exposition was the norm. :P I thought the art was good, if just kinda average, but it was miles ahead of DC's current house style. I have a lot of previous X history to get through to really know what was going on here (well more the "why" than the "what), so I don't know when I'll catch up on the next volume. The Avengers volume that came out around the same time as this had less back story, and I'm tempted to follow up on that book, but I may wait for the next installment of the All-New X-Men, although it did enjoy this and recommend it for anyone who is a Marvel/X-Men fan.

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